Van den Bergh undergoes knee surgery

Dimitri Van den Bergh (Chris Dean, PDC)

Dimitri Van den Bergh is facing a race to be fit for the Ladbrokes UK Open after having surgery on his long-standing knee injury.

The Belgian ace was injured in a fall at a theme park last August, only weeks after winning the Betfred World Matchplay title.

He had an initial operation at the time and has worn a knee brace to provide stability whilst competing since, before opting to undergo surgery following the Ladbrokes Masters.

Van den Bergh went under the knife on Tuesday and returned home 24 hours later to continue his recovery.

"Dimitri has been given the all-clear to continue his recovery back home with his family," said Van den Bergh's manager, Mark Elkin.

"He's feeling in good spirits although still very sore and has been advised to walk with the use of crutches for the next week or so."